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Style: Porter
Reading, England

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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This special holiday porter is made for winter - rich and warming, the way they like it at the North Pole. It was inspired by this famous line from a well-loved childrenís storybook:

"And Santa sat on his great butt, enjoying a hardy brew..."

In case you find that amusing, the brewer hastens to point out that in England, "butt" refers to a certain sized barrel, in fact, holding 108 Imperial gallons. Back in the day it was quite a normal thing for a brewery to put its beer up in a large butt for storage. Still snickering, eh? Get your mind out of the gutter, or Santa will be skipping your house entirely this year.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Dark brown with a tan head, aroma is of light chocolate, rasins and sweet corn. Very smooth body with light carbonation. Starts and ends lightly sweet. Not that great of a porter, I think that Iím going to use the rest to cook some saugages.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Appearance: a full ebon countenance, with some ruby highlights peeking through the edges, with a smallish, grey/brown head. Aroma: sweet and creamy, lightly spicy, roasty, very mellow and groovy, not as bitter as some porters, and in this case, thatís a plus. Taste: hard to get a handle on this one. For a "holiday porter", nothing really sticks out as far as flavor. Minor dark fruits, small coffee notes, a hint of chocolate, ....medium bodied, light finish, leaves the palate easily and cleanly. Lingers just a little. An easy drinker, but the flavor makes no real impression. Itís really not clear what makes this more a "winter porter" than any other kind... Useful for the punning name and amusing label, for sure, but itís yet another too-expensive English ale that canít hold a candle to porters brewed here in the U.S.A. Good enough beer, but $5 a bottle good? Afraid not.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bland, flat, dull. Iím shocked, this is not how a winter porter should taste. mild flavor of chocolate and licorice. This is a very disappointing beer. probably wont be buying again

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2005
(draft) Probably the blandest selection that Rich Oís Saturnalia has to offer. A bit of a chocolate smell and taste thatís followed up by a very water finish. Decent but not memorable at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Heavy chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel aroma. Mocha head forms, but quickly fades away. Taste is coffee, smoke bacon. Pretty interesting brew, almost like a poor mans Stone Smoked Porter, thinner body, less chocolate, less hops, but still nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a dark black with small brownish head. Not much nose, some sweet malt aroma (very faint). Initial sweet malt taste that fades quickly to a watery aftertaste. Not that bad, but not much character.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2005
It may have just been me, but if this had any aroma, it was metalic. The pour was dark brown, but it appeard black in the glass. it was surprisingly thin and didnít have a ton of taste. I see why this is only rated 2.7. It was a good stocking gift though.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle @ HBK Black Beer Festival, Nynšshamn Backlog 26 Nov 2004
Malty aroma, slightly appley and full of cereals.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Got this bottle for a Christmas present. Malty aroma at first. Liked the appearance when poured, the head was creamy and reminded me of a head on chocolate milk. Black body. Haveínt got quit use to drinking black beers yet but this one went down good with no aftertaste or just sitting there in the bottom of my gut.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2005
cask - not very good at all - wet and bitter coupled with a slight vinous character - almost tastes like chewing on used coffee grounds - a bit of malt in the middle tries to creep its way through with some chocolate flavors, but gets beaten down by the bitterness.


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